On day two in beautiful Roma, we started off at the Spanish Steps. After climbing the stairs we went left in the direction of the Villa Borghese, a huge peaceful park.
If you want to take a look at some of the incredible artwork hidden in the museums inside the park, remember to book them in advance as there is only a limited number of tickets available each day. After the day at the Vatican we were happy just strolling around the park. You can spend hours just walking in the park or you could even rent a bike. Or – what we decided to do was to Rent a rowboat for 3 Euros per 20 minutes per person. The renting place was owned by a an older man and his son and neither of them spoke any English, but we were able to communicate just fine never the less.
I always think it’s nice not to expect everyone to speak your language when you’re traveling but rather to learn a few word in the native language yourself. The three words I found the most useful were „buongiorno“ (or in the evening: „buonasera“), „grazie“ and „per favore“.
For a late lunch we had ice-cream at Fatamorgana, which was amazing and organic. There is a small shop in a side street next to the huge touristic „Corso“ that leads straight through the whole city center.
In the afternoon we decided to take the Metro back to the Vatican (station: Ottaviano) to see if we could go up the St. Peters dome, but since it was the week before Easter it was very crowded and the waiting time would have been unbearable. Still, I’m very sad I missed it because I heard great things about the view from up there.
After all we still wanted to see a nice view of the city so we went up the Castel St Angelo which was incredible. Again we could have spend a whole day just inside and on top of this castle. There are lots of special exhibitions and the view from the top is awesome. You can see everything, from the Vatican to the Pantheon and so on.
As soon as the sun went down it got really chilly really fast and after a long day of walking again we were very tired, so we tried somewhere to eat pretty early for Italians (6 in the afternoon). I had found a cute little pizzeria in the Prati district while researching for the trip before hand so we tried our luck there. We were very lucky indeed and the owner who was there early to prepare for the evening gave us the last table for an hour later.
So we took our time strolling around the beautiful neighborhood and even went inside a church to take part in the mass for a little while. It was such a wonderful experience and everyone was so nice and welcoming.
At 7 pm. sharp we sat down on our table at the cute pizzeria called La Pratolina. We had our best and relatively cheapest dinner this night. The pizza was amazing and even just thinking about the Tiramisu afterwards… oh gosh! I thought my tiramisu was pretty good but oh, how wrong I was.
As you can see, there was nothing wrong with this day. Just the perfect sunny Italian day! The next part will also be the last part of the When in Rome series where we went to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.